NASA's chief technologist, Bobby Braun, plans to leave the agency next month to return to the Georgia Institute of Technology, NASA officials announced.
Braun served as an adviser and advocate on agencywide technology policy and programs at NASA through a two-year Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement with the university.
"When I asked Bobby to join the NASA leadership team and establish the new Office of the Chief Technologist, I had to pull him away from his family and his work as a professor and researcher at Georgia Tech," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a written statement. "Bobby has rebuilt our basic and applied research capabilities, created technology programs to enable our agency's future success, and clearly articulated the importance of NASA's technology investments as an integral component of our nation's space policy. He's done an incredible job, and we're indebted to him for his exemplary public service."
Braun helped create NASA's Space Technology Program, a research and development effort to create technologies for future space missions.
Posted by Michael Hardy on Sep 07, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Federal executive David Robbins has been appointed as managing director of the Federal Communications Commission, effective Sept. 12, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced.
Robbins will succeed Steven VanRoekel, who became the federal CIO last month, replacing Vivek Kundra.
In his new post Robbins will be in charge of administration and management, including budgets, human resources, contracts, purchasing, communications, computer services, physical facilities, security, commission meetings and open government, according to a Sept. 2 news release.
Robbins most recently served as an associate administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Management and Administration, where he was in charge of human capital management, facilities management, security, records management, executive secretariat, administrative services, and grants management. He also headed the SBA’s modernization program for its loan management and accounting systems.
“David's leadership and management experience will be invaluable as we continue our efforts to do our work on behalf of the public more efficiently and effectively,” Genachowski said.
Robbins also has previously served in several positions at the Federal Trade Commission, including assistant director, attorney and senior program manager. He also worked for 15 years in the private sector as an attorney and IT executive.
Robbins received his law degree. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1995, and a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Rutgers University/Livingston College in 1986.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Sep 06, 2011 at 12:56 PM1 comments
Sony Corp. has chosen Philip Reitinger, a former Homeland Security Department official, to be its new CISO months after a massive hacking attack leaked information on 100 million user accounts on the company's games networks, Reuters reports.
Reitinger, previously director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, will become senior
vice president and will be based in Washington, the article continued. He has also worked for Microsoft and the Defense Department.
Sony shares have fallen 55 percent since the company revealed the hacking on April 27, the story noted.
Posted by Whitt Flora on Sep 06, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
The Justice Department appointed B. Todd Jones as acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, effective on Aug. 31, the agency announced.
Jones, a former prosecutor and military judge advocate, will continue to serve in his current position as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Jones replaces ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson, who has been appointed senior advisor on forensic science in the Office of Legal Policy, the announcement said.
The personnel change is being viewed as fallout of the ATF’s controversial “Fast and Furious” sting operation to track arms associated with drug cartels in Mexico. Melson was acticing ATF director at the time. During the operation, ATF agents reportedly lost track of weapns they were watching as part of an attempted sting against gun smugglers, and one of the guns was used to murder an ATF special agent.
In June, ATF denied rumors that Melson might resign.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Terry Duncan is the new director of communications and network programs in the Defense Department’s Office of the CIO, the department announced Aug. 23.
Duncan had been director of systems engineering in CIO’s office, which was formerly known as the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks Information and Integration/DOD CIO.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
The Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet, established in January 2010, is likely to soon have a new commander: Rear Adm. Michael Rogers, whose nomination to the post along with a promotion to vice admiral was announced by the Defense Department Aug. 10.
Rogers, currently serving as intelligence director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will succeed Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, who is retiring Oct. 1, according to Navy spokesman Commander Steve Mavica. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
Rogers is a Chicago native who has served in his current position since September 2009, according to his Navy bio.
Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet is located with the U.S. Cyber Command at Ft. Meade, Md.
Posted by Amber Corrin on Aug 11, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments